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Sledge Hammer!: The Color of Hammer

After a local hard-line judge sets a mobster on trial free, Sledge gets suspicious. Soon he discovers the judge was under duress when he made the decision. It's up to Hammer to sort it all out.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 115
Airdate: Saturday January 24th, 1987

Guest Stars
Allan RichAllan Rich
As Judge Liam Jackson
Allan RichAllan Rich
As Judge Liam Jackson
Anthony JamesAnthony James
As Iron Mike Heckelsmiller
Jacklyn ZemanJacklyn Zeman
As Brianne O'Brian
Jacklyn ZemanJacklyn Zeman
As Brianne O'Brian

Co-Guest Stars
Leslie MorrisLeslie Morris
As Officer Mayjoy
Kurt PaulKurt Paul
As Coroner Norman Blates
Deborah RodgersDeborah Rodgers
As Lana Body Double
Deborah RodgersDeborah Rodgers
As Lana Body Double
Main Cast
David RascheDavid Rasche
As Det. Insp. Sledge Hammer
David RascheDavid Rasche
As Det. Insp. Sledge Hammer
Anne-Marie MartinAnne-Marie Martin
As Officer Dori Doreau
Harrison PageHarrison Page
As Captain Trunk


Hammer is dropping off a suspect and wants to catch an interview with hardline Judge Liam Jackson. He doesn’t disappoint, chasing down a litterbug. Hammer is also impressed with the judge’s hard line. Later, Doreau takes Hammer for a walk on the part during lunch and spot Jackson sitting on a bench. Hammer expresses his admiration for the judge in person and asks for an autograph on an ice cream cone napkin...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Hall and OatesMan Eaterwhen Hammer plays Lana

Episode Quotes
Mayjoy: Inspector, you can’t arrest someone before they commit a crime.
Hammer: Hey, this is Crime Prevention Week, remember?

Trunk: Hammer, I haven’t seen you this excited about TV since they colorized World War II footage.

Brianne O'Brian: You’ve got a reputation as a hardliner. You’ve even been referred to as “The Hanging Judge.” When did you get that name?
Judge Jackson: At my baptism.
Brianne O'Brian:: We know how you feel about the death penalty. Where do you stand on the electric chair?
Judge Jackson: Right next to the switch.

Doreau: It must be a great responsibility being a judge.
Judge Jackson: It’s all in the execution.

Trunk: I just got off the phone with the Commissioner. He’s been yelling at me every hour on the hour.
Hammer: Now you know how it feels like.

Lana: Don’t whine. If I wanted a man who whined, I’d date Dick Cavett.

Cultural References
Title and the pool sequences parody the 1986 movie The Color of Money, starring Tom Cruise and Paul Newman as pool hustlers.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAlan Spencer
Executive ProducerAlan Spencer
ProducerThomas Kane
Co-ProducerAlan C. Blomquist
Associate ProducerByron Chudnow
Production DesignerSteven Wolff
EditorCraig Ridenour
CastingCathy Henderson  |  Barbara Hanley
Unit Production ManagerAlan C. Blomquist
First Assistant DirectorMary Ellen Canniff
Second Assistant DirectorLinda Rockstroh
MusicLance Rubin
HairstylistJay Wellington
Make-upJune Brickman
Key GripDylan Shephard
Camera OperatorJack Lester
Location ManagerMichael Casey (1)
Property MasterCheri Paul
Script SupervisorCoby Turner
Production CoordinatorNancy Rosing
GafferWalter Stewart (2)
OtherBetty Martin Mallin (Production Controller)
Story EditorBrian Pollack  |  Mike Reiss  |  Mert Rich
Art DirectorGregory Melton
Sound EditorTom Koester
Special EffectsBruce Robles
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
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